Emery Dress Sew-Along: How To Do A Narrow Shoulder Adjustment



PART 8: HOW TO DO A NARROW SHOULDER ADJUSTMENT

Welcome back to the last pattern adjustment segment in the Emery Dress Sew-Along! Congrats on making it through this part! Next comes the fun part: working on our final garments! Try the best you can to make it through the muslin stage. I know it can be frustrating, but it is worth it.

Haley is back for her final post and I am so grateful that she was here to guide you all through this part of our Emery Dress sew-along! Thank you Haley! Okay, take it away!


Hello lovely sewists! Today I will demonstrate how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment!


HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A WIDE SHOULDER ADJUSTMENT?

If your muslin was too long at the shoulder seam, this is the adjustment you will need to correct that issue. 

TOOLS NEEDED:

Your Emery Dress Pattern
A clear ruler (I use a 2" x 18")
Pencil
Pattern paper
Paper shears
Tape

LET'S GET STARTED!



Begin by drawing in the sewing lines on the upper armcye (starting right below the sleeve notch), the shoulder and a small portion of the neckline.


Mark the center of your shoulder. 


Then using a ruler, draw a line from the center shoulder to the sleeve notch. We will call this line “A.”


Draw a second line starting at the outer corner (cut edge) of the shoulder seam, through the corner of the sewing line, stopping at line “A.” This will be line “B.”


Carefully cut through line “A” starting at the shoulder and ending at the armcye sewing line. Next, cut through line “B” starting at line “A,” but stop at the sewing line. Make a second cut through line “B” starting at the corner, but stop again at the sewing line, leaving a small paper hinge.


Mark from line “A” on your sewing line the distance you need to shorten the shoulder by (I shortened by 1/2"). 


Pivot the outer shoulder to line up with the marked line, and tape into place.


Carefully trim any excess paper. That's it!

Thank you all for following the Emery Dress Sew-Along, and allowing me to assist you along the way! I can’t wait to see the flood of gorgeous dresses.

Happy sewing!
xoxo Haley


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Thanks again Haley for showing us how to do all these helpful pattern adjustments! I'll see you all back here Monday when we get sewing on our final versions! So if you haven't done so already, take the time this weekend to tweak the pattern and cut out all the pieces from fabric. Happy cutting! 

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All adjustment photos by me.
Photo of Haley Glenn by Devon Iott of Miss Make.